The department of theatre arts seeks to establish a Christ-centered, professional environment for artistic expression by developing the creative mind, body and spirit of each student in the disciplines of: performance, directing, design, technical theatre, production, theatre management, script writing, theatre history, and dramatic literature. By imparting knowledge and allowing hands-on participation, the department is about preparing students to impact our world for God’s glory.
Vanguard offers the acting and directing students numerous acting and performance courses such as: voice and speech; acting/directing for the camera; stage combat; a three-tiered acting course; audition for the stage; directing for the stage; and many other comprehensive theatre courses that contribute to the well-rounded theatre major. Performance opportunities abound through our main-stage productions, Senior Showcase, and student directed scenes and one-acts each semester. We are active participants in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and students are sent to the regional festival each year as Irene Ryan nominees.
Personalized instruction and supervised hands-on design experiences that stretch from designs-on-paper to fully realized productions provide exciting challenges for the Design / Technical Concentration major, and develop skills that can provide be the basis for success in graduate studies or in the technical theatre workplace. All productions are entirely staffed by student technicians, including run crews, lighting crews, riggers, stage managers, sound operators and costume/makeup assistants. Many assistant designer position opportunities are also available throughout the production season.
Vanguard is one of the only Christian universities to offer a Musical Theatre Concentration. We offer top notch training in voice and acting with specialized courses in musical theatre auditioning and vocal technique. Along with our own Musical Theatre Dance and Private Dance courses we have a unique partnership with Orange Coast College (just around the corner in location) where we accept dance units into our program as the third component to a well-rounded program. We produce two musicals annually as part of our main-stage season, and have a student led Cabaret Ensemble who has the opportunity to perform for paid events at school and in the community.